Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park

Hampstead Hill and Pergola on the 15th October 2019 in London in the United Kingdom. (photo by Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images)Sam Mellish/Getty Images

Hidden away in west London’s Holland Park, the Kyoto Gardens offer visitors a slice of Japanese tranquillity complete with a trickling waterfall and koi carp. Opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long-standing friendship between the UK and Japan, the garden received an extension in 2012, when the Fukushima memorial garden was opened to the public. As well as the water features and Japanese planting, visitors can also observe the resident peacocks strutting around the gardens and grounds.